Mecklenburg County commissioners are scheduled to vote Tuesday night on whether to raise the property tax rate in the coming fiscal year.
In a straw poll last week, a majority of the board voted to increase the rate by 2.35 cents per $100 property valuation in fiscal year 2013-14, which begins July 1.
That increase would add about $47 annually, or nearly $4 a month, to the tax bill for someone with a home valued at $200,000. It would be the first property tax rate increase for the county in five years. The overall budget is for $1.6 billion.
Commissioners business meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the meeting chambers of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center on East Fourth Street.
Interim County Manager Bobbie Shields had proposed a 2.5-cent tax increase, but that was whittled down by commissioners during a work session last week.
County Commissioner Bill James, who was unsuccessful in getting $4 million trimmed from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools budget during last weeks work session, has proposed in recent days that commissioners postpone Tuesday nights vote. Instead, he says, commissioners should find a way to maintain the current tax rate.
James has proposed lopping $7 million off the CMS budget and saving another $4.8 million by eliminating pay raises for county employees.
The county tax rate increase would come on top of a 2.5-cent increase approved by Charlotte City Council last week.
The Town of Matthews also is considering a 2-cent property tax hike. Mecklenburg Countys other towns either have voted to maintain current tax rates or plan to do so.
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